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Gill goes hymn way to drive home anti-drug message

“Je jeeve pat lathi jaye” (Life is not worth living if one loses his self-esteem). This message from Gurbani can be heard these days in village after village around this town of Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha constituency. The message comes from none other than Congress candidate Harminder Singh Gill.

punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2014 09:48 IST
Harkirat Singh

“Je jeeve pat lathi jaye” (Life is not worth living if one loses his self-esteem). This message from Gurbani can be heard these days in village after village around this town of Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha constituency.


The message comes from none other than Congress candidate Harminder Singh Gill. His motive is to remind Majhails (people of Majha) of their selfesteem, which according to him, is being trampled upon by politicians who are busy making easy money through the sale of harmful drugs to the youth in the state, particularly in the border areas of this constituency.

“Oye Kairon Sahib nu yaad karo (Remember Kairon),” he tells the audience at Dhotian village on Sunday while reminding them of the days of then Punjab chief minister Partap Singh Kairon, whom no Akali leader could dare to challenge and whose writ ran large in the state.

“Kairon Sahib’s Punjab was from Khem Karan to Delhi and Badal Sahib’s Punjab is half that size,” he remarks while referring to the Akali demand of Punjabi suba and the division of the state in 1966 after Kairon’s death.

Gill shows his poll poster with a caption, ‘Nasha mukt chohn’ (drug-free poll) and makes it clear that he will neither distribute liquor nor drugs nor money to woo voters.

He even asks drug dealers and consumers not to vote for him as he does not require their ‘dirty’ vote.

“Oye sade munde na maaro (Please do not kill of our sons)… jawani na rolo (don’t squander the youth)”, he tells Akali leaders whom he accuses of harbouring the drug trade in the state.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Gill says, “Tarn Taran district has the highest number of drug addicts and the areas along the Indo-Pakistan border are the worst affected.”

During his speeches, he uses Gurbani hymns to explain that the Sikh gurus forbade intake of any form of intoxicant.

During his rallies, he asks the voters about the reason why sitting Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Rattan Singh Ajnala was not given the party ticket.

“I will tell you. Because of his association with a person called Bittu Aulakh, who is behind bars in the Patiala drug racket.”